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            The 99th Koala: Rescue and resilience on Kangaroo Island
             

            The 99th Koala: Rescue and resilience on Kangaroo Island (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Wild, Kailas

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              5 Nov 20

            When Kailas Wild - arborist by trade and conservationist at heart - heard that there were injured koalas on Kangaroo Island who could only be reached by a tree climber, he drove 1500 kms to volunteer. Seven weeks later, he had crowd-funded sixty-five thousand dollars, participate...d in the rescue of over 100 koalas and had formed a special bond with a baby koala - Joey Kai. His social media postings gained tens of thousands of views and press attention in Australia and abroad, including from the ABC, the BBC, The Times (London), The Daily Mail and the Smithsonian Magazine. The 99th Koala shares that experience, in words and pictures, and introduces us to some of the koalas of Kangaroo Island. Sometimes tragic, sometimes hopeful, Kai's story above all commemorates our unique wildlife, and demonstrates the power of one person trying to make a difference. 'At a time when many people have felt helpless to act against the immensity of the fires or the threat of climate change, Kai's daily descriptions and videos of saving helpless animals have been a welcome dose of personal courage and deep humanity.' Hack
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            ISBN 9781760858094
            Published AU 5 Nov 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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            Truth Is Trouble: The strange case of Israel Folau, or How Free Speech Became So Complicated
             

            Truth Is Trouble: The strange case of Israel Folau, or How Free Speech Became So Complicated (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Knox, Malcolm

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              5 Nov 20

            Why did the sacking of rugby player Israel Folau over his social media posts become one of the nation's most polarizing controversies? How could one man's religious views activate so many people in modern Australia? And what does the sides people found themselves on tell us about... the kind of country we've become? Starting with this striking incident, triple Walkley Award winning journalist Malcolm Knox paints a vivid portrait of the divisions that underlie our recent history, from marriage equality to the covid lockdown. He shows how free speech has become the new flashpoint of the 'culture wars', and how it remains our deepest national faultline.
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            ISBN 9781760856144
            Published AU 5 Nov 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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            The Other Side of Absence: Discovering My Father's Secrets

            The Other Side of Absence: Discovering My Father's Secrets (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By O'Neill, Betty

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            Betty O'Neill grew up knowing very little about her father, Antoni. She knew that he had fled Poland after World World Two, that he had disappeared overnight when she was just an infant, and that his brief reappearance when she was a young adult had been a harrowing, painful orde...al. Fifty-five years after he deserted her family, Betty becomes determined to solve the mystery of her absent father and discover exactly who was Antoni Jagielski. When her search takes her to Poland, Betty unexpectedly inherits a family apartment from the half sister she never knew - a time capsule of her father's life. Sifting through photos and letters she begins to piece together a picture of her father as a Polish resistance fighter, a survivor of Auschwitz and Gusen concentration camps, an exile in post-war England, and a migrant to Australia. But the deeper she searches, the darker the revelations about her father become, as Betty is faced with disturbing truths buried within her family. Honest, compelling, and meticulously researched, The Other Side of Absence is an elegant debut memoir of resilience and strength, and of a daughter reconciling the damage that families inherit from war.
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            ISBN 9781920727680
            Published AU 5 Aug 2020
            Publisher Ventura Press
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            Sunshine: The Diary of a Lap Dancer
             

            Sunshine: The Diary of a Lap Dancer (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Ross, Samantha C.

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            • Pub Date
              1 Dec 20

            There are a lot of Ambers in the stripping world. And Aprils and Summers, and Skys and Rains. There are quite a few gems: Sapphires, Diamonds, Rubies and even an Amethyst. And exotic creatures: Tigers, Cheetahs, Phoenixes and Kitties. Plenty of weather conditions, like Misty, Sto...rmy and Cloudy. There are, of course, a selection of fruits: Cherry, Berry, Peaches and Apple. And confectionery to go with it, like Candy, Lolly and Caramel. And then there are the generic hot-girl/sexy names: Lolita, Tiffany, Chanel, Lulu, Sasha and Brigitte. Meet Sunshine. That's her stage name. Follow her downstairs into the shadowy underworld of the so-called Gentlemen's Clubs, where men hide in dark corners and pay gorgeous women like Sunshine to take their clothes off. Follow her to the private rooms where the lap dances happen, the hustle plays out and the real money flows. Sit with her in the back room with the other dancers, her friends and colleagues, who laugh and cry and rake in the dollars and party as though a zombie apocalypse is on the horizon. Sunshine tells us in her own brutally honest and audacious words what it's like to work as a stripper, both in Australia and overseas. Confessional, confronting, revealing, wildly entertaining and often laugh-out-loud funny, Sunshine: The diary of a lap dancer will take you into a world that some of us can only imagine and that others know all too well. But only the dancers know what really goes on - and this book shows you their world stripped bare.
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            ISBN 9781760878344
            Published AU 1 Dec 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia
             

            Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Heiss, Anita

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            What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside t...hose from newly discovered writers of all ages. All of the contributors speak from the heart - sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect. This groundbreaking collection will enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today. Contributors include: Tony Birch, Deborah Cheetham, Adam Goodes, Terri Janke, Patrick Johnson, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Jack Latimore, Celeste Liddle, Amy McQuire, Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Miranda Tapsell, Jared Thomas, Aileen Walsh, Alexis West, Tara June Winch, and many, many more. Teaching notes by Dr Marnee Shay available from publisher's web site: https://www.blackincbooks.com.au/sites/default/files/Growing%20Up%20Aboriginal_Teaching%20Notes.pd
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            ISBN 9781863959810
            Published AU 16 Apr 2018
            Publisher Black Inc
            Interest Age 8-12 years
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            The Last Lighthouse Keeper: A Memoir

            The Last Lighthouse Keeper: A Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Cook, John; Bauer, Jon

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            In Tasmania, John Cook is known as: 'The Keeper of the Flame'. John's renowned as one of the last of the kerosene keepers : he spent a good part of his 26-year career in Tasmanian lighthouses tending kerosene, not electrical, lamps. He joined the lighthouse service in 1969, after... a spell in the merchant marine. Far from reviling work on isolated islands such as Tasman and Maatsuyker, Australia's southernmost lighthouse, he discovered that he loved the solitude and delighted in the sense of purpose that light keeping gave him. He did two stints on Tasman, in 1969-71 and 1977, and was the head keeper on Maatsuyker for eight years. Tasman's kerosene light was a pressure lamp fuelled by two big bottles that had to be pumped up to 75 pounds per square inch (about 516 kilopascals): It was the equivalent of pumping up a tyre every 20 minutes, John says. Then you had to wind up the weights - they went down the tower and turned the prism around like a big clockwork. If the weights went all the way to the bottom, the light would stop. The main thing was that 365 nights of the year you sat in that tower, 100 feet up, and you had to stay awake, John says of Tasman. If you fell asleep the light would stop and then you were in trouble. Keepers took watches around the clock, in a system similar to that on a ship. Day watches weren't a chance to slack off: standing orders required the watchkeeper to look seawards at least every half-hour and to log sightings of any vessels, and their course, in the area. But the main thing was there was always maintenance to do, John says. Because Mother Nature was your boss. She'd blow gutters off, that sort of thing - she was always stickin' her bib in, and you were repairin' it. Tasman keepers also ran a herd of up to 500 sheep. They didn't have a freezer, so they'd kill and dress a sheep every fortnight. John supplemented his bulk stores, delivered every three months by the lighthouse supply vessel, with extras brought on the bi-monthly mail bo
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            ISBN 9781760875381
            Published AU 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia

            Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Steffensen, Victor

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            Victor's story is a cry from the heart for change in how Australia cares for country.

            ISBN 9781741177268
            Published AU 18 Feb 2020
            Publisher Explore Australia
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            A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

            A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future (Hardback)

            By Attenborough, David

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            It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake - and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right.We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited.' All we need is the will do so.

            ISBN 9781529108279
            Released AU 8 Oct 2020
            Publisher Ebury Publishing
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The Wild Silence: The Sunday Times Bestseller from the author of The Salt Path

            The Wild Silence: The Sunday Times Bestseller from the author of The Salt Path (Hardback)

            By Winn, Raynor

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            Following the hugely successful Sunday Times Bestseller, Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize nominee and Costa shortlisted, The Salt Path, Raynor Winn returns with her second brilliant book. This time the narrative explores the difficulties surrounding the return to mainstream life... after a period of homelessness. Recovering self-esteem and trust, in herself and in others, is harder than she expected. Raynor and her husband Moth continue to face his debilitating illness, until an incredible gesture by someone who read The Salt Path changes everything. This book is about readjusting to life after homelessness, but also about recovering trust and self-belief after a traumatic event - feelings that can translate to many episodes in the life of any of us.
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            ISBN 9780241401460
            Released AU 15 Sep 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Facing Fear: One Woman's Solo Voyage Around Antarctica
             

            Facing Fear: One Woman's Solo Voyage Around Antarctica (Paperback)

            By Blair, Lisa

            • RRP: $34.99
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            • Pub Date
              1 Nov 20

            Facing Fear is the inspiring true story of Lisa Blair who sailed into the history books on 25 July 2017 by becoming the first woman to sail solo around Antarctica. Seventy-two days into her circumnavigation, when Lisa was more than 1000 nautical miles from land, the mast of Clima...te Action Now came crashing down in a ferocious storm. In freezing conditions, Lisa battled massive waves and gale-force winds, fighting through the night to save her life and her boat. Following her ordeal, Lisa relied on her unbreakable spirit to beat the odds and complete her world record. With unwavering focus and determination, she sailed home, completing her journey after 183 days. This is the story of her remarkable voyage.
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            ISBN 9781922388063
            Published AU 1 Nov 2020
            Publisher Woodslane Pty Ltd
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